The Norman Transcript

News Features

June 4, 2013

Little Axe resident, volunteers from near and far help community after storm

(Continued)

LITTLE AXE —

 

The accounts: Kathy Lynn, of nearby Newalla, was at the Pecan Valley Junction as volunteers nearby distributed supplies. Lynn said 10 family members, who live in her home, sought safety in a storm shelter on her property when the tornadoes approached.

“We shut the door and stayed inside the shelter,” Lynn said. “My 21-year-old son looked up and said, ‘Mom, I can see the screws being pulled out of the ventilation (fan).’ Right when he said that, it snapped off and went flying and our ears went to popping.”

Lynn said she and her family could hear the storm producing loud roars, then suddenly “it went really quiet.” When the family stepped from the shelter, they found their home heavily damaged, with many of the trees on her property snapped into pieces and others completely uprooted.

Little Axe resident Veronica Gottschalk said she was folding laundry while her husband, Jerry, was marinating steaks when the twisters came too close to their home for comfort. The couple attempted to flee the storm by driving away in their Ford F-150 pickup truck, but they were met by twin funnel clouds while on a nearby roadway.

“We were facing it head on,” Veronica Gottschalk said as the couple tried to drive to safety. “I had my Bible with me. I was praying.”

She said the vehicle then began to be struck by either debris or softball-sized hail, she wasn’t sure which.

“We were all over the road,” Veronica said. “What it was, the tornado kept picking us up and pulling us all over the road.”

She said having people in her community and others — like Indiana Cares volunteers who logged nearly 1,600 miles total to respond — in the areas to provide assistance is a blessing.

“It is very sweet of them, and we really appreciate them,” Gottschalk said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
News Features
  • March Against Monsanto Protesters rally against agro giant Monsanto

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Rain did not deter protesters at the March Against Monsanto in Bricktown on Saturday evening. A button on one man’s shirt was typical of the attitude of many of the marchers, “I’m one of those people,” it read....

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moore Med Cent Groundbreaking Community still grieving but looking toward future, new beginnings

    MOORE — One year after an EF-5 tornado devastated a core area of Moore that included the Moore Medical Center, the community gathered on the site of the former hospital to reflect and remember those who were lost....

    May 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple mourns loss of young lives

    When the tornado hit, Dennis and Wilma Chastain were holding hands. On May 20, 2013, the couple left their home in south Oklahoma City in Green Briar Estates near Westmoore High School around 2 p.m. to make it to a 2:30 appointment near ...

    May 20, 2014

  • Interfaith group invites women to join

    Women of a variety of faiths brought prayers and dinner and shared peaceful dialogue recently at a Norman home. Malaka Elyazgi’s prayer sounded like a song tripping off her lips in her native tongue. The translation was equally poetic....

    April 28, 2014

  • DUal-state advance Tough field awaits Southmoore at dual state

    Southmoore’s history at Dual State is a short read. The totality of it is a first-round loss to eventual runner-up Muskogee by one point in last year’s tournament.

    February 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Myths about obesity

    The obesity epidemic is among the most critical health issues facing the United States. Although it has generated a lot of attention and calls for solutions, it also has served up a super-sized portion of myths and misunderstandings....

    December 28, 2013

  • How to tame an out-of-control kid

    Edith, a retired Capitol Hill staffer from Washington, was at the end of her rope last year over the mayhem her 5-year-old great-grandson Wayne was causing at preschool. “I was on speed dial” at the school, says Edith, who is raising two ...

    December 28, 2013

  • Experts decry ‘resolution dependency’

    One of the country’s best-known fitness center chains is launching an initiative to wean people from what it calls an over-dependence on New Year’s resolutions....

    December 26, 2013

  • The 12 annoying songs of Christmas

    It’s that time of year, when Christmas songs fill shops, restaurants and your home. While anything on repeat can drive you mad, these 12 tunes are some of the most annoying....

    December 8, 2013

  • Caring for a cut Christmas tree

    Cut Christmas trees must be watered and kept hydrated to last through the holidays and to prevent them from becoming fire hazards. This includes small tabletop trees....

    December 8, 2013